. . . And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead Credit: Alison Green

This year’s Pitchfork Music Festival saw a healthy amount of sun, a bit of sludge-punk, and handfuls of seapunks. The blowout boasted a broad lineup—the prospect of packing Wire, Lil B, Andy Stott, Pissed Jeans, and 42 other acts into Union Park for three straight days was impressive enough, and it largely worked out quite well. Sure, there was the occasional issue that put a damper on otherwise fantastic performances (the oncoming storm that cut Bjork’s glorious set short, the sound issues that plagued M.I.A.’s uplifting global dance-rap jams), but for the most part the weekend offered an intoxicating combination of driven punk, gorgeous folk, thoughtful rap, smooth R&B, and, in the case of Swans, some glorious ethereal metal. The musicians who appeared on the fest’s three stages often looked like they were ready to set up camp and stay for a few hours longer than their arranged set times required of them, and from Trash Talk’s rowdy appearance Friday afternoon till the moment R. Kelly released a set of dove-shaped balloons during “I Believe I can Fly” to close the fest there was as much to see as there was to hear. If you missed out you’re in luck: the Reader‘s talented photo staff spent the weekend running around the park to capture all the action happening onstage and some of what went down on the ground. Leor Galil

Friday

Frankie RoseCredit: Ashley Limon
Frankie RoseCredit: Ashley Limon
Daughn GibsonCredit: Alison Green
Jim ElkingtonCredit: Alison Green
Trash TalkCredit: Ashley Limon
Trash TalkCredit: Lydia Gorham
Trash TalkCredit: Alison Green
Mac DeMarcoCredit: Andrea Bauer
Mac DeMarcoCredit: Andrea Bauer
Mac DeMarco’s guitaristCredit: Andrea Bauer
Angel OlsenCredit: Alison Green
Angel OlsenCredit: Alison Green
WoodsCredit: Lydia Gorham
Mikal CroninCredit: Andrea Bauer
Mikal CroninCredit: Andrea Bauer
WireCredit: Lydia Gorham
WireCredit: Lydia Gorham
Joanna NewsomCredit: Alison Green
Joanna NewsomCredit: Alison Green
BjorkCredit: Tonje Thielsen
BjorkCredit: Tonje Thielsen
BjorkCredit: Tonje Thielsen

Saturday

KEN ModeCredit: Eileen Meslar
KEN ModeCredit: Eileen Meslar
White LungCredit: Andrea Bauer
White LungCredit: Andrea Bauer
Pissed JeansCredit: Alison Green
Pissed JeansCredit: Alison Green
Julia HolterCredit: Eileen Meslar
Julia Holter’s cellistCredit: Eileen Meslar
PhosphorescentCredit: Andrea Bauer
PhosphorescentCredit: Andrea Bauer
Parquet CourtsCredit: Eileen Meslar
Parquet CourtsCredit: Eileen Meslar
Parquet CourtsCredit: Eileen Meslar
. . . And You Will Know Us by the Trail of DeadCredit: Alison Green
. . . And You Will Know Us by the Trail of DeadCredit: Alison Green
MerchandiseCredit: Ashley Limon
MerchandiseCredit: Ashley Limon
SavagesCredit: Eileen Meslar
SavagesCredit: Eileen Meslar
MetzCredit: Ashley Limon
MetzCredit: Lydia Gorham
SwansCredit: Alison Green
SwansCredit: Alison Green
Ryan HemsworthCredit: Ashley Limon
Ryan HemsworthCredit: Lydia Gorham
LowCredit: Alison Green
LowCredit: Alison Green
SolangeCredit: Ashley Limon
SolangeCredit: Eileen Meslar
Andy StottCredit: Alison Green
Andy StottCredit: Alison Green
Belle & SebastianCredit: Eileen Meslar
RustieCredit: Ashley Limon
RustieCredit: Lydia Gorham

Sunday

DJ RashadCredit: Lydia Gorham
DJ RashadCredit: Lydia Gorham
MC TreeCredit: Alison Green
MC TreeCredit: Alison Green
FoxygenCredit: Ashley Limon
FoxygenCredit: Ashley Limon
Autre Ne VeutCredit: Lydia Gorham
Autre Ne VeutCredit: Lydia Gorham
Autre Ne VetuCredit: Lydia Gorham
Killer MikeCredit: Alison Green
Killer MikeCredit: Alison Green
Blood OrangeCredit: Ashley Limon
Blood OrangeCredit: Ashley Limon
El-PCredit: Lydia Gorham
WaxahatcheeCredit: Alison Green
Yo La TengoCredit: Andrea Bauer
Yo La TengoCredit: Andrea Bauer
Sky FerreiraCredit: Alison Green
Sky FerreiraCredit: Alison Green
Lil BCredit: Lydia Gorham
Lil BCredit: Lydia Gorham
The crowd at Lil BCredit: Lydia Gorham
ChairliftCredit: Ashley Limon
ChairliftCredit: Ashley Limon
Evian ChristCredit: Lydia Gorham
Evian ChristCredit: Lydia Gorham
M.I.A.Credit: Lydia Gorham
M.I.A.Credit: Andrea Bauer
M.I.A.Credit: Andrea Bauer
Glass CandyCredit: Lydia Gorham
Glass CandyCredit: Lydia Gorham
Glass CandyCredit: Lydia Gorham
TNGHTCredit: Ashley Limon
TNGHTCredit: Andrea Bauer
R. KellyCredit: Alison Green
R. KellyCredit: Alison Green